Ontario Fire Continues Its Winning Ways!

Ontario Fire maintained its hold on top position on the Points Table for the 2022 Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. Led by Canadian Women’s all-rounder Hiba Shamshad and including a number of her fellow National team-members, Fire continued its so far unbeaten, seemingly relentless, march toward Championship honors with decisive Day 3 victories over key rivals the Prairies as well as a repeat win over their sister Provincial participant, the Ontario Heat.

Day 3 opening fixture between the Championship’s then two unbeaten teams, Ontario Fire and the Prairies produced some excitement before eventually turning out to be a comfortable five-wicket win for the host Province. Taking first strike the Prairies suffered the double setback of losing both of their tournament centurion openers Danielle McGahey and Divya Saxena with the score on 32. 

McGahey was the first to go, caught by Vandana Mahajan off the bowling of Mohawish Khan for 15 on the fourth ball of the fifth over. Saxena followed soon after, just four balls later, and with score on 32 not having advanced any further. She was adjudged lbw to Mahajan with her personal contribution having been only 10.

The Kaurs, Amarpal (59*) and Arunimaa (17), then featured in a 70 run fourth-wicket partnership that brought some much-needed stability back to the innings. Amarpal’s fine unbeaten half-century was made off 48 balls and included 8 fours. The Prairies posted twenty-overs total of 112/3, however, seemed insufficient to challenge the Ontario Fire’s very strong and deep batting.

That indeed proved to be the case as, despite some setbacks in the form of five lost wickets, Fire’s batters eventually prevailed reaching their 113 runs victory target off the fifth ball of the 19th over with seven deliveries still available. Opener Rhea Misra (39) was Ontario Fire’s top-scorer with Terisha Bess Lavia (21) being the next highest contributor. For the Prairies Amarpal Kaur demonstrated her all-round capabilities taking 2/16 in her four available overs.

Summarized Scores:

Prairies 112/3-20. Amarpal Kaur 59, Arunimaa Kaur 17.

Ontario Fire 116/5-18.5 ovrs. Rhea Misra 39, Terisha Bess Lavia 21. Amarpal Kaur 2/16-4.

Ontario Fire won by 5 wickets. 

British Columbia (BC) secured an emphatic, morale-boosting, victory over points-table cellar-dwellers Atlantic Provinces in the third day opening fixture between the two sides. Batting first BC posted a commanding 162/4 off its 20 overs with Kate Gray 45 and Mukhwinder Gill 44 as the main contributors. For Atlantic Provinces Roya Samin (1/21-3), Carti Leroux (1/23-4), Jothi Guhan (1/26-4) and Rey Blais (1/39-4) were all single-wicket takers.

Set 163 to win in 20 overs and at a hefty, required, run rate of 8.37, Atlantic Canada’s folded yet again to be completely skittled out for 58 in 18.2 overs. Jeewanthi Kaushalya (14) was the only double figures scorer as Atlantic Canada’s batters proved themselves to be inept against the BC bowlers. Sonali Vig with 3/10-4 overs was the main destroyer, as Mannat Hundal also chipped in with 2/7-4 ovrs.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 162/10-20 ovrs. Kaye Gray 45, Mukhwinder 44.

Atlantic Canada 58/10-18.2 ovrs. Jeewanthi Kaushalya 14. Sonali Vig 3/10-4, Mannat Hundal 2/7-4. 

British Columbia won by 104 runs.

Amarpal Kaur became the Prairies’ third century-maker for the championships. Kaur smashed a 58 ball 103 that included 1 six and eleven fours to lead her team to an imposing first-strike, twenty-overs, total of 263/4 against Atlantic Provinces in their Day 3 encounter. Kaur’s dominance was evidenced by her ultra-superior role in the Prairies 100 runs first-wicket partnership, the other opener Krima Kapadia’s contribution to which was only 11. Kaur was well supported by Divya Saxena who was left not out on 66, thirty-four runs short of what would have been her second tournament century.

Facing a mammoth victory target of 264, Atlantic Province’s batters succumbed meekly, only reaching 81/8 by the conclusion of their 20 overs. Rey Blais 24 was once more their main contributor and yet again the only batter to reach double-figures. Bowling for the Prairies Chandni Reghu Nair claimed 4/11 in her four overs.

Summarized Scores: 

Prairies 263/4-20 ovrs. Amarpaul Kaur 103, Divya Saxena 66.

Atlantic Provinces 88/8-20 ovrs. Rey Blais 24, Chandni Reghu Nair 4/11-4.

Prairies won by 182 runs.

Day Three’s final fixture was a return encounter between host Province Ontario’s two participating teams, Fire and Heat. Fire again proved itself to be that much hotter than Heat, winning handily by 5 wickets in a relatively low-scoring affair.

Taking first strike, Ontario Heat only managed to get as far as 69/8 at the end of its twenty-overs. Saleha Maqsood 15 and Rabbjot Rajput 14 were the only double-figure scorers. For Ontario Fire, Terisha Bess Lavia was again outstanding with the ball taking 4/6 off her four overs.

70 to win off 20 overs was never going to present much of a challenge to Ontario Fire’s batters. Despite the loss of five wickets the target was comfortably surpassed (71.5) in just 10.1 overs. Vandana Mahajan finished not out on 31 as the Fire’s top scorer. For Ontario Heat Saniyah Zia (2/14-2) and Rabbjot Rajput (2/15-4) were double wicket-takers.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 69/8-20 ovrs. Saleha Maqsood 15, Rabbjot Rajput 14. Terisha Bess Lavia 4/6-4.

Ontario Fire 71.5-10.1 ovrs. Vandana Mahajan 31. Saniyah Zia 2/14-2, Rabbjot Rajput 2/15-4.

Ontario Fire won by 5 wickets.



Prairies Notches Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships Second Day Double Victories!

The Prairies Women’s team were the big second day winners as matches continued at the 2022 Canadian National T20 Championships being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, Ontario. The Prairies won both of their second day matches, first dispatching Ontario Heat with a comfortable 64 runs victory before winning even more decisively by 10 wickets against British Columbia. The Prairies’ double victories came as a result of successive centuries from their two opening batters. Canadian National Opener Divya Saxena’s brilliant 112 against Ontario Heat was followed soon after by Danielle McGahey’s equally aggressive 50 balls 114 versus British Columbia. 

Fresh from having almost knocked over Ontario Heat, in their 2022 Canadian National T20 Championships opening day encounter, British Columbia’s ladies started Day 2 facing Ontario Fire as the more dominant of the two host Provinces sides. Achini Perera, who had already twice demonstrated her National player class on Day 1, was again among the runs this time stroking a forty-balls half-century (53) that included nine fours while opening the Fire’s batting. She was ably supported by Mishuneet Sagoo (41) and Vandana Mahajan (33) as the Fire compiled an imposing first strike 20 overs total of 178/8. For BC Manasa Challa (3/30-4) and Mannat Hundal (2/25-3) were the main wicket-takers.

Set a very challenging 179 to win in 20 overs, BC’s batters failed to even reach as far as their target’s halfway point, managing to get to only 87/7 before exhausting all of their available deliveries. Manasa Challa (37) and Canadian National team player Sonali Vig (25) were the main contributors, but the supported they would have required from the other batters was just not provided. Imram Khalid (2/5-3) was the Ontario Fire’s most successful bowler.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Fire 175/8-20 ovrs. Achini Perera 53, Mishuneet Saggo 41, Vandana Mahajan 33. Manasa Challa 3/30-4; Mannat Hundal 2/25-3.

British Columbia 87/7 -20 ovrs. Manasa Challa 37, Sonali Vig 25, Imram Khalid 2/5-3.

Ontario Fire won by 92 runs.

As British Columbia were finding themselves on the losing end of their Day 2 opener against Ontario Fire, there were no such issues for their Prairies counterparts who romped to an emphatic 64 runs win over the Ontario Heat. Taking first strike, Prairies openers Divya Saxon (112*) and Daniele McGahey posted a first wicket partnership of 77. McGahey’s dismissal for 47, was the only wicket lost as Amar Paul (40) then combined with Saxon to take Prairies score to 208/1 at the conclusion of the allocated 20 overs.

Set 209 for victory in 20 overs, Ontario Heat faltered from losing wickets at fairly regular intervals after an opening stand of 84 between Vijayani Vithanage (41) and Habeeba Bader (29) in the first twelve overs had placed them within striking distance. Vithanage’s dismissal, stumped by McGahey off the bowling of Harroop Kang, was very quickly followed by that of Bader’s, bowled by Arunimaa Kaur just five balls later. Once those two had departed the innings lost all of its momentum eventually ending at 144/4-20, some 64 runs short of the required victory target.

Summarized Scores:

Prairies 208/1-20 ovrs. Divya Saxena 112, Danielle McGahey 47, Vijayani Vithanage 41.

Ontario Heat 144/4-20 ovrs. Vijayani Vithanage 41, Habeeba Bader 29.

Prairies won by 64 runs.

The Prairies continued their winning vein with an even more empathic 10 wickets win over British Columbia in their second match of the Day 2 fixtures. Batting first British Columbia may have been somewhat pleased by their posted twenty-overs total of 158/7, the foundation for which was laid by a 93 runs second-wicket partnership between opener Kate Gray (63) and Somali Vig (46) batting at three. There were, however, no other scores of note as the Prairies opening-batting all-rounders Danielle McGahey 3/12-3 and Divya Saxena 2/37-4 also demonstrated their outstanding bowling skills in capturing five of the seven wickets that fell.

The McGahey-Saxena combination then brought its batting prowess to the fore with an unbeaten partnership of 161 that took the Prairies past the required 159 run victory target after only 12.1 overs of batting. McGahey’s contribution to the score was 50 balls 114 that included 6 mammoth sixes and 16 whopping fours. At the other end Saxon was far more sedate with her 41, made off 24 balls with 8 fours included.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 158/7-20 ovrs. Kate Gray 63, Somali Vig 46. Danielle McGahey 3/12-3, Divya Saxena 2/37-4.

Prairies 161.0-12.1 ovrs. Danielle McGahey 114, Divya Saxena 41.

Prairies won by 10 wickets.  

Fresh from its opening day double victories, Ontario Heat continued its Championship dominance with a most comfortable 90 runs win over Atlantic Canada in its sole Day 2 encounter. Ontario Heat’s modestly posted 144/5-20 overs proved more than sufficient for the Atlantic Canada batters, who folded to be all out for 54 after just 15.5 overs.

Rabbjot Rajput (20) was the top-scorer in Ontario Heat’s innings, with Saniyah Zia being left undefeated on 19. Bowling for Atlantic Canada Rey Blais had the best figures of 2/28-4 ovrs.

Blais was also among the runs when Atlantic Canada batted. Her 27 balls 22 was the only double-figures score. For Ontario Heat, Ishmeet Sagoo 3/9-4 was the main destroyer, well supported as she was by Saniyah Zia’s 2/2-1.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 144/5-20 ovrs. Rabbjot Rajput 20, Saniyah Zia 19*. Rey Blais 2/28-4.

Atlantic Canada 54/10-15.5 ovrs. Rey Blais 22. Ishmeet Sagoo 3/9-4, Saniyah Zia 2/2-1.

Ontario Heat won by 90 runs.



Ontario Fire Notches Opening Day Double Wins At the 2022 Canadian National T20 Women’s Championships!

Boasting a bevy of Canadian National Women’s players, including their all-rounder captain Hiba Shamshad and opening batter Achini Perera, the Ontario Fire got off to a flying start on the opening day of the Canadian National Women’s T20 Championships being played at King City’s Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Fire secured successive victories in both of its opening day matches against the visiting Atlantic Canada as well as their fellow Ontarians the Heat. The double wins placed Ontario Fire firmly in pole position at the very top of the Championship’s Leaderboard at the conclusion of the first of its five days of scheduled matches.

One of the first days’ two opening matches featured both of the participating Ontario teams, Fire and Heat, pitted against each other. Batting first Heat compiled a challenging 127/6-20 overs with Saleha Maqsood (57) and Saniyah Zia (37) as the main contributors. Bowling for Ontario Fire, Hala Azmat 2/29-4 finished with the best bowling figures. 

128 required from 20 overs proved to be not nearly as formidable a task for Fire’s batters as their Heat opponents would have liked. Rhea Mizra (50*) and Achini Perera (37) combined for a belligerent half-century opening partnership that required only 38 balls for its composition. Misra struck 8 fours in her 46 balls innings, while Perera was equally as aggressive, striking one six and half-a-dozen boundaries in her 25 balls stay at the crease.

Following Perera’s departure, Fire suffered the further losses of Canadian National wicketkeeper Maliha Baig (12) and Vandahan Mahajan (2), but the result was never ever in doubt. The target was comfortably achieved in the 18th over (17.4) for the loss of just those three wickets and with fourteen balls to spare. Kamna Mirchandi 2/20-4 and Sunita Dinakar 1/21-4 ovrs were the only wicket-takers among the six bowlers used by the Fire in their failed attempt to defend their ultimately inadequately set first strike total.

Summarized Scores:

Ontario Heat 127/6 – 20 ovrs. Slaeha Maqsood 57, Saniyah Zia 37. Hala Azmat 2/29-4.

Ontario Fire 128/3-17.4 ovrs. Rhea Mizra 50*, Achini Perera 37. Kamna Mirchandi 2/20-4, Sunia Dinakar 1/21-4

Ontario Fire won by 7 wickets.

While the two Ontario sides were battling against each other for opening match honors so too, simultaneously, were the visiting Atlantic Canada and the Prairies in the coinciding fixture that was being played on the adjacent King City pitch. That proved to be a very low scoring encounter as Atlantic Canada taking first strike were skittled out for just 54 in 13.0 overs.

Rey Blais (26) was the only Atlantic Canada batter to reach double figures as the Prairies bowlers, led by Canadian National all-rounder Divya Saxena, sliced apart their batting like a hot knife through butter. Saxena claimed 4/4-4, while Amarpal Kaur (3/28-3) and Omaima Waqar (2/7-2) were also among the wickets as Atlantic Provinces’ resistance crumbled like a proverbial deck of cards.

Set a meagre victory target of only 55 runs in 20 overs, the Prairies openers made very light work of their task, posting 57/0 in just 3.3 overs to win by 10 wickets with 16.3 overs to spare. Danielle McGahey piloted the chase with an ultra-aggressive 35, made off of just 11 balls and including 1 six and seven fours. Divya Saxon was much more subdued for her unbeaten 15 off 10 balls with three fours included.

Summarized Scores:

Atlantic Canada 54/10-13 Ovrs. Rey Blais 26. Divya Saxena 4/4-4, Amarpal Kaur 3/28-3, Omaima Waqar 2/7-2.

Prairies 59/0 – 3/3 Overs. Danielle McGahey 35, Divya Saxena 15.

Prairies won by 10 wickets.

Atlantic Canada, however, then proved to be no match for Ontario Fire when the two sides squared off against each other in one of the opening day’s two second round matches. Fire demonstrated its batting prowess with Achini Perera (86) and Rhea Misra combining for a massive opening partnership of 184 that was made off of 16.4 overs. 

Perera was just as aggressive than she had been in her first outing, striking 10 fours before eventually falling just 14 runs short of what would have been a most deserving century. Misra’s 60 balls 66 included six boundaries. The two openers provided the backbone for the Fire’s eventual 20 overs total of 212/1. Jeewanath Kaushalya (1/35-3) was Atlantic Provinces’ solitary wicket-taker among its six bowlers used.

Seeking to get to 213 off its available twenty-overs for what would have been a second successive and somewhat unexpected victory, Atlantic Province’s batters failed miserably to do so succumbing instead to be all out for 65 in just 17.4 overs. Jeewanthi Kaushalya (18) and Carli Leroux (15) were the only batters to reach double-figures as the others all came and went with military-like precision.

Fire’s right-arm leg spinner, Terisha Bess Lavia, proved to be virtually unplayable in capturing the tournament’s very first five-wicket haul. Lavia had the incredible figures of 5/9-4 as she scythed through the Atlantic Province’s batting.

Summarized Scores: 

Ontario Fire 212/1-20 ovrs. Achini Perera 86, Rhea Misra 66. Jeewanath Kaushalya 1/35-3.

Atlantic Provinces 65/10-17.4 ovrs. Terisha Bess Lavia 5/9-4.

Ontario Fire won by 147 runs.

While their Fire belching fellow Ontarians were making short work of Atlantic Canada, Ontario Heat found themselves in a battle against British Columbia (BC) that ironically almost proved to be too hot for them to handle. Taking first strike BC posted a competitive 126/6 off its 20 overs with Kate Gray (35) and Sonali Vig (25) as the top-scorers. Bowling for Ontario Heat Sunita Dinakar had the best figures of 3/39-4.

Chasing 127 for victory off 20 overs at a required run rate of 6.35, Ontario Heat lost its first three wickets relatively quickly with only 43 runs on the board and with 8.1 overs having already been bowled. A fourth wicket stand of 71 between Kamma Mirchandani (40) and Saniyah Zia (40), however, steadied the innings somewhat before four further wickets fell in the space of seven balls for just an additional six runs. 

Thankfully for the Heat there were no further alarms as the target was eventually reached off the third ball of the 19th over with three wickets still in hand. Sonali Vig 2/18-4 ovrs and Mukhwinder Gill 2/20-4 ovrs were BC’s bowling heroes. Their heroic efforts proving to be in vain, however, as Ontario Heat prevailed to win by three wickets and secure their second victory in their first three Championships outings.

Summarized Scores:

British Columbia 126/6-20 ovrs. Kate Gray 35, Sonali Vig 25. Sunita Dinakar 3/39-4.

Ontario Heat 127/7-19.3 ovrs. Kamma Mirchandani 40, Saniyah Zia 40. Sonali Vig 2/18-4, Mukhwinder Gill 2/20-4.

Ontario Heat won by three wickets.



A career best, undefeated, century by Nicholas Kirton followed by an outstanding spell of off-spin bowling were the highlights of Canada’s massive 204 runs victory over Vanuatu on the penultimate Day 7 of the ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League A Round 2 tournament being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. The win in its fifth and final match of the League’s second of three scheduled rounds, gave Canada a perfect 5-0 undefeated record for the tournament. 

Canada’s eventual massive 204 run victory had hardly seemed possible within the first half hour of play, the start of which had been delayed by under-covers seepage from overnight King City rains that had left the pitch needing to be dried out. With the match reduced to a 38 overs per side encounter, Vanuatu’s captain, Andrew Mansale, had absolutely no hesitation in inviting his Canadian hosts to take first strike after winning the toss. 

Mansale’s decision to give his opening bowlers first crack at the obviously still moisture full pitch, seemed to have paid dividends of the highest order. Even before the completion of the first hour of play, Canada had lost its first four wickets with only 34 runs on the scoreboard with eleven overs of the available 38 having been bowled.

By that time Canada had lost both of its openers, Rayyan Pathan (7) falling yet again for another single digit score, as well as their captain and triple centurion from within the competitions first two rounds, Skipper Navi Dhaliwal (10). Matthews Spoors was then given out caught behind by wicket-keeper Jamal Vira after the standing umpire Jermaine Lindo had initially indicated that the down legside headed delivery had missed the edge. Umpire Lindo, however, reversed his decision after his counterpart at square-leg, Emmerson Carrington, signaled to him that the edge had indeed been found.

Spoors’ controversial decision, his second in successive matches, was soon followed by that of wicket-keeper Shreyas Movva, lbw to seamer Apolinaire Stephen for 4. Which left the Canadian innings tottering at 34/4 at the start of the eleventh over (10.1).

A career high, well composed and undefeated century by Nicholas Kirton in partnership with the Salman Nazar’s half-century, however, rescued the Canadian innings from any further disasters. Kirton was at his elegant best, stroking an unbeaten 108 off just 95 balls. His stroke-filled century was punctuated by 5 massive sixes and 7 spanking fours. His driving, especially through the offside, was an absolute joy to behold.

Kirton was admirably supported by the ever-busy Nazar, whose 71 balls half-century (55*) was slightly less hectic including as it did only four boundaries. Upon reaching the coveted landmark, Nazar raised his head, helmet and bat to the heavens in an emotional salute to his beloved father who he had lost a few months ago. He was also visibly further overcome with his emotions at the moment. 

Kirton and Nazar’s fourth-wicket partnership of 155 runs was ended by the latter having to retire hurt with his score on 55. Nazar’s departure, however brought Ravinderpal Singh to the crease. 

The ever-aggressive Singh demonstrated his power-hitting capabilities to their fullest extent striking four colossal sixes and 2 fours in a belligerent 42 that required only 17 balls for its composition. Singh’s timely aggression catapulted the Canadian innings to an imposing 246/4 at its close at the end of the 38 allocated overs.

Vanuatu’s opening bowlers, Apolinaire Stephen 2/34-8 and Nalin Nipiko 2/19-5, were the only wicket-takers, having made effective use of the pitch’s available moisture. None of the other five bowlers used by skipper Mansale, however, were in any way threatening to the Canadian middle-order batsmen, as they all ended with economy rates of in excess of six runs per over.

Perhaps somewhat shell-shocked by the demonstrated belligerence of the Canadian middle-order batting, Vanuatu’s batsmen quickly found themselves floundering, initially in the face of the pacy Guyana-born Canadian seamers Dillon Heyliger and Jeremy Gordon, followed by the guiles of Canada’s spinners Rommel Shahzad and Saad Bin Zafar. Heyliger (2/12-4) made the initial breakthrough having opener Ronald Tari (8) caught smartly by Rommel Shahzad at second slip off the final ball of the sixth over and with the score on 24. 

Once Tari had departed, the resistance offered by Vanuatu’s other batsmen proved to be extremely feeble as the remaining eight available wickets fell in the space of 12 overs for just 18 additional runs. Canada’s lanky off-spinner Rommel Shahzad, appearing in only his second match in National colors proved to be almost unplayable, capturing 4/8-4.3 overs. Saad Bin Zafar 2/2-5 was just as effective as the two Canadian spinners weaved webs around Vanuatu’s hapless batting. The Vanuatu innings closed at the fall of its ninth wicket as the injured Apolinaire Stephen was unable to bat.

The decisive win left Canada positioned at the top of the League’s overall standings with a near perfect record of 18 points from 9 wins and just one loss. Canada’s very healthy net run rate of 2.436 has also provided a major cushion over its rivals for the League’s third and final round of matches. Those will be played in Malaysia, this coming December and from which the winning team will then progress to the 2023 World Cup’s last qualification hurdle to be held in Zimbabwe around the middle of next year.   

Summarized Scores:

Canada 246/4-38/38 ovrs. Nicholas Kirton108*, Salman Nazar 55*(Rt) Ravinderpal Singh 42*; Nalin Nipiko 2/19-5, Apolinaire Stephen 2/34-8.

Vanuatu 42/9 – 17.3 ovrs. Joshua Rasu 10. Rommel Shahzad 4/8-4.3. Saad Bin Zafar 2/2-4, Dillon Heyliger 2/12-4.

Canada won by 204 runs.



Captain Navi Dhaliwal stroked yet another composed century and then snared four outstanding catches to lead his Canadian cricket team to a crushing victory over Qatar as matches continued in the ICC 2023 World Cup Challenge League A – Round 2 tournament being played at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City Ontario. Dhaliwal’s century, his second of the tournament following the 101 he scored against Singapore on Saturday July 30th, was the backbone of Canada’s posted first strike 50 overs total of 274/9. In reply. Qatar’s batsmen found themselves to be at sea against both the express pace of Jeremy Gordon and the left-arm spinning wiles of Salman Nazar. The two Canadian’s scythed through the Qatar innings capturing seven wickets of the ten wickets to fall. 

Having won the toss and elected to bat, skipper Dhaliwal found himself having to do a repair job to his team’s innings after the early loss of his fellow opener Rayyan Pathan (7) who fell in the fourth over (3.3) with the score on 21. Matthew Spoors coming in at three, however, played yet another supportive innings adding 54 with Dhaliwal for the second wicket before becoming the victim of a questionable umpiring decision. 

Struck on the pad by a Mohammed Nadeem delivery that kept somewhat low, Spoors was flabbergasted to see Umpire Mallela raise the dreaded finger. So much so that he visibly questioned the umpire’s decision in manner that could possibly result in an ICC issued reprimand! Spoors’ controversial departure for 15 led to the crease arrival of Nicholas Kirton who had been the top-scoring batting hero of Canada’s July 27 tournament opener victory over Denmark. 

Having suffered the ignominy of a first ball dismissal two days prior, during Canada’s victory over Malaysia, Kirton was almost back to his very best, stroking an elegant 47 balls 37 as his contribution to a 93 run third-wicket partnership with his skipper Dhaliwal. The Canadian captain’s wicket was eventually the fourth to fall, but not before he’d reached his century (103) off of 116 balls with twelve fours included. 

Saad Bin Zafar came and went in a hurry, scoring just 1 before he too exited without an addition to the score. 5/171-36.6 overs might not have been where the Canadians would have envisioned themselves to be at that stage of proceedings. Any worries of a further collapse were, however, effectively thwarted by a 51-run partnership between Harsh Thaker (22) and Ravinderpaul Singh (56*) for the sixth wicket. 

Singh’s valuable innings was punctuated by three massive sixes and two fours as his legendary power-hitting talents finally came to the fore for the very first time in the tournament. There were further losses of the wickets of Dillon Heyliger (10), brilliantly caught at mid-wicket by the diving Assad Borham for what has surely been thus far the catch of the tournament, Shreyas Movva (10) and Salman Nazar (1) via the run-out route off the very last ball of the innings which closed with the Canadian score on 274/9-50 overs.

Set a challenging but by no means insurmountable 275 for victory off the allocated 50 overs, Qatar’s response got off to an almost identical start as Canada’s. Qatar’s first wicket, that of Akash Babu (11) smartly caught by Canadian skipper Dhaliwal at slip off the bowling of Jeremey Gordon, fell with the score on 21 after 3.3 overs. As indicated almost identical and just a singe shy of Canada’s 1/21-3.3 first wicket loss.

The loss of Qatar’s second wicket at 67 after 13.4 overs was also not at all dissimilar to Canada’s which had occurred on 75 after 17.6 overs. There were no further similarities for the remainder of the Qatari response, however, as wickets crumbled in a heap in the face of Jeremy Gordon’s highly uncomfortable express pace. Well supported as it was by Salman Nazar’s clever left-arm spin. 

There were six single digit scores as Qatar lost eight wickets in the space of twelve overs for only an additional 31 runs! Zaheer Ibrahim’s 36 balls 34 was the only resistance of note as the Qatar crumbled to an eventual massive 184 runs defeat.

Gordon claimed 4/22-6, while Nazar chipped in with 3/37-5.5. There were also single wicket hauls for Harsh Thaker 1/6-4 and Saad Bin Zafar 1/25-8 as well as a run out via a direct hit throw from point by the diving Matthew Spoors as a final just reward for his demonstrated electrifying fielding in each and every one of the matches Canada has played in the tournament thus far.

Canada’s outstanding tournament fielding was even further emphasized by Skipper Dhaliwal’s slip catching. The Canadian captain snared four victims standing at slip with catches that were at times breathtaking. Leading from the front in setting fielding standards that have been no less as lofty as those of his twin centuries punctuated batting.


Summarized Scores:

Canada 274/9-50 ovrs. Navneet Dhaliwal 103, Ravinderpal Singh 56, Nicholas Kirton 37. Mohammed Nadeem 3/41-10, Muhammed Murad 3/47-9.

Qatar 91/10- 25.5 ovrs. Zaheer Ibrahim 34. Jeremy Gordon 4/22-6, Salman Nazar 3/27-5.5

Canada won by 184 runs.